Mini-Aquathon day with a 5 mile run (longest to day in comeback) followed by a 20 minute open water swim at Capitola Beach - first open water swim in 3 years. Wetsuit was TIGHT getting into but great to swim in - super buoyant! It was a hot day so the cold water was very refreshing!
As a directionally challenged cyclist, I missed the turn onto Vineyard road and ended up going up a portion of the 84! Yuck. Once I realized I was totally off, I had to backtrack on the wrong side of the road to return to the residential area. The real course on Vineyard was nice and fast.
If you have to do your first brick workout in nearly 2.5 years, then why not do it at the beach. Today's bike and run course are from the Mermaid Series Sprint triathlon. The bike course has changed significantly since I last did the Olympic version of the event back in 2011. Their website says that the bike course is new for 2014. On the plus side, the new course is less technical, covering on less residential, hilly streets. On the negative side, all of the roads except through Cabrillo College are pretty chopped up. I couldn't locate the turnaround point on Porter Gulch Road but I must have been close since my total miles was consistent with the course outline. The road got pretty narrow so it's unclear to be how they are going to facilitate a mass race turnaround point.
The run course is lovely. Up the Cliff Dr hill out of the city of Capitola and then loop back with gorgeous views of the ocean. I finished back at the car but the race will end with a beach sand run.
Lunch at Zelda's and sitting out on the sand was a great recovery.